A Proverb a day gets you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed. Proverbs 12:19
I used to know who was a fact checker. It was a fascinating job. She didn’t work for a political campaign, or a newspaper, she worked for a major company in human resources. I thought it was an interesting job, so I asked her a few questions about it. She explained to me that her job was to verify resumes. When a manager would want to hire someone, before they made the final offer, the recruit’s resume would come to her. She would then spend a few hours researching the resume. She would call the schools to make sure they had actually graduated. She would call former employers to verify the job descriptions and responsibilities that people claimed on their resumes. It was fascinating. So I asked her, what was the most interesting thing about her job. Her response, “the lies.”
She began to tell me about the lies that people would put on their resumes. They would claim degrees that they had not earned. They would claim employment that they had never held. The would list people as references who did not exist. Lie, after lie, after lie. She told me the funny thing about all the lying was it completely unnecessary. She told me, the things people lied about were never the things that determined if they would get the job. In most cases, they were being hired because of who they were, but lying on the resume trying to be who they were not, cost them jobs they could have had. If they had told the truth with a less “impressive” resume they would have been hired, but because they told a couple little lies, their integrity came into question and they lost the opportunity.
At the end of the day, honesty is always the best policy. When we tell the truth we have nothing to fear, nothing to hide, and nothing to run from. When we begin to expand on the truth, we can think it doesn’t matter, but it always does. Expanding on the truth leaves us always with the knowledge that someone, somewhere could find out that what we said isn’t exactly true and in the long run it could cost us everything. So don’t try to be less or more than who you are because to tell the truth you are enough just like you are.